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Two years since Article 370: A major success for the NDA?

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  Two years after Indian parliament revoked the autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narender Modi’s government seems to have succeeded in bringing the region under its direct control.On 5 August 2019, a proposal to abolish Article 370 and 35A implemented in Kashmir was introduced by Home Minister Amit Shah in the Rajya Sabha. After which President Ram Nath Kovind also approved it after the resolution was passed in the Rajya Sabha. After getting approval from the President, Article 370 and 35A were abolished from Jammu and Kashmir. After this big decision of the central government, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were separated and divided into two separate union territories.   After the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said, 'Now our country can move forward on the path of peace and development.' He said that this step will further strengthen the policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism. Shah exuded confidence th

Is Facebook favoring the ruling party in India?

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Facebook has found itself at the centre of attraction in India following a report published in Wall Street Journal claiming that Facebook ignored applying its hate speech rules to a BJP leader's post in India. This report has raised questions over the strong connections between the ruling party (BJP) and Facebook, putting into the role of a top executive of the social media platform, Ankhi Das. The report published in Wall Street Journal claimed that Ankhi Das, Facebook’s public policy director for India, South and Central Asia, told employees that the initiating punitive actions against BJP leader's indulging in hate propaganda. Now this report has erupted a political fight between Congress and the BJP on the issue with the opposition demanding a free and fair probe into Facebook’s operations in India. The Congress is using the issue to set the stage for the Parliament's monsoon session which is likely to be called in September. The BJP and the government have, howev

One year of Article 370

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On the first anniversary of the reading down of Article 370 , the kashmir valley continues to be subjected to various restrictions and proper Internet services are still barred. Many political leaders are being under detention or house arrest. Last year on 5 August the government of India revoked the special status, or limited autonomy, granted under Article 370 of Indian Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir. This revoke led to breaking up of Jammu and Kashmir into directly administered by the government of India : one that combines Hindu- majority Jammu and Muslim- majority kashmir, and Buddhist - majority Ladakh.    One year- where do things stand?  At the time of revoking, it was stated that that reading down Article 370 would guide development and several industries would set up shop in kashmir but, this has proved to be a futile hope. The covid pandemic has made any nation wide reforms difficult to implement but even before the nation wide shutdown in March, there had be

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